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The chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday to turn over documents related to the Justice Department’s decisions to settle mortgage fraud accusations against two of the nation’s biggest banks.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to see documents and internal communications relating to November’s record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase and this month’s $7 billion agreement with Citigroup.
Both cases involved allegations that the banks helped precipitate the 2008 economic crisis by selling risky mortgage securities to investors who were led to believe the underlying loans were solid.
Holder touted the settlements, announcing that billions of dollars would be directed to programs to help homeowners hurt by the downturn — and stressing that the banks admitted wrongdoing.
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The Internal Revenue Service settled a lawsuit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The 2012 lawsuit was settled after the IRS agreed to monitor what is said in houses of worship, something that is a clear violation of the First Amendment, since no law can be written by Congress to this effect. Therefore, the "unconstitutional" IRS has gone way beyond what the federal Constitution allows.
The Wisconsin group brought the lawsuit because it said the IRS was ignoring complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt statuses. Specifically, FFRF said many churches promote political issues, legislation, and/or candidates from the pulpit in violation of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates.
According to FFRF, the IRS has not followed a 2009 ruling requiring it to hire someone to keep an eye on church politicking. The IRS says it hasn't ignored the ruling, but merely failed to follow it.
The government has put a moratorium on the IRS' investigations of tax-exempt organizations after the scandal that broke in 2013 over its targeting of pro-life, pro-family, and Tea Party groups. FFRF says that even though the IRS will not enforce the agreement because of the moratorium, they can still bring the lawsuit again if needed after the moratorium is lifted.
"This is a victory, and we're pleased with this development in which the IRS has proved to our satisfaction that it now has in place a protocol to enforce its own anti-electioneering provisions," said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor in a press release.
"Of course, we have the complication of a moratorium currently in place on any IRS investigations of any tax-exempt entities, church or otherwise, due to the congressional probe of the IRS," she added. "FFRF could refile the suit if anti-electioneering provisions are not enforced in the future against rogue political churches."
The press release went on to state:
The IRS has now resolved the signature authority issue necessary to initiate church examinations. The IRS also has adopted procedures for reviewing, evaluating and determining whether to initiate church investigations. While the IRS retains "prosecutorial" discretion with regard to any individual case, the IRS no longer has a blanket policy or practice of non-enforcement of political activity restrictions as to churches.
In addition to FFRF's lawsuit, IRS enforcement procedures with respect to political activity by tax-exempt organizations have been the subject of intense scrutiny by Congress. As a result, the IRS is reviewing and implementing safeguards to ensure evenhanded enforcement across the board with respect to all tax-exempt organizations.
Until that process is completed, the IRS has suspended all examinations of tax-exempt organizations for alleged political activities. The current suspension, however, is not limited to church tax inquiries.
If you recall there was an outcry for "Pulpit Freedom Suday" back in 2012, as the left didn't mind being political in Black Churches to advance its agenda, but God forbid that Churches that are truly biblical in their worldview speak out against the evils of political parties and issues of the day, something that would have been foreign to our forefathers.
According to FFRF, "Pulpit Freedom Sunday ... has become an annual occasion for churches to violate the law with impunity. The IRS, meanwhile, admittedly was not enforcing the restrictions against churches."
Senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom Erik Stanley said, "The IRS has no business censoring what a pastor preaches from the pulpit."
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/07/irs-mo......
The Story via The Christian News Network:
PORTLAND, Ore. — A chapter of a nationally-recognized Christian group that seeks to reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ is under fire for teaching kids the biblical doctrine of sin and eternal judgment, in addition to sharing about the love and mercy of God.
The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting after-school Bible studies in local public schools. The problem? CEF teaches children that each person is a sinner in need of the Savior.
Those who oppose the group assert that because of this, CEF does not present “Jesus loves you” mainstream Christianity, and claim that the organization is “hardcore evangelical fundamental.”
“They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible study when in fact they’re a very old school fundamentalist sect,” resident Kaye Schmitt told local television station KATU.
Robert Aughenbaugh also told reporters this week that preaching to children about sin might give them feelings of fear and shame.
Aughenbaugh, Schmitt and others have organized a group called Protect Portland Children, which seeks to speak out against CEF’s message and influence parents not to allow their children to attend its events. It has set up a Facebook page that has so far generated over 800 likes. It’s profile photograph is of a child holding a sign that reads “I am not a sinner.”
The curriculum teaches young children that they’re born sinners, bound for eternity in hell unless they obey the club’s teachings,” the group asserts.
“Before the Portland public schools allow ‘The Good News Club’ to use school facilities or to promote their activities on campus it would seem appropriate to allow mental health professionals to further investigate the activities of this group,” wrote Chuck Currie of the United Church of Christ in a recent blog post about the matter.
But CEF says that it is not teaching anything outside of the basic and fundamental truths of the gospel—and that mankind must understand the bad news to know why the good news is so good.
“Listen, the message of the gospel the teaching of the core Christian tenets of the Christian faith that have been taught for 2,000 years in the Bible is what we’re teaching,” CEF Vice President of Ministries Moises Esteves told local television station KOIN. “There’s nothing new here.”
The group has partnered with over 30 area churches to present its evangelical outreach to youth in Portland.
“We do teach about sin,” Esteves stated, “[But] we’re not nasty. We’re not high pressure. We’re not negative, but we teach what the Bible teaches that every human being is a sinner in need of a savior.”
Reporters observed the group in action on Wednesday, singing John 3:16 with the children in attendance, which reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
They are both quick reads and they are very contradictory right? The second link utilizes the word study that we like, but it is the position that I don't agree with.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Read Proverbs 27 – 31
Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar (Prov. 30:5-6).
This is a commentary that says so very much about the Word of God! The focus is not just on the Bible. We are shown how God responds to us as we interact with His Word.
First, we are told that the Bible is “pure”. Webster defines pure as being “unmixed with any other matter” or “free from dust, dirt, or taint.” The Bible definitely has nothing in it but the Word of God. The Bible is in no way contaminated with anything from this world. Yes, it was written by human men: human men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write every word they penned. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (II Tim. 3:16).
Because the Word of God is all this, we should follow it without wavering. Doing this reveals the trust that we have in the Lord. The Scripture says that God will protect us from the attack of the enemy. Knowing and applying the Word to our lives offers us much protection. The devil knows that the Bible and its words, if believed and lived, are a powerful weapon against him.
However, there is a warning given against tainting the Word of God. We should never try to add to His Word or, for that matter, take away from it. This will bring the discipline of God into our lives. This can be a very dangerous move when it comes to matters of the soul. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book (Rev. 22:18-19).
When we try to add to God's Word, we show our lack of trust in God and His Word. How is this so? If we fully trusted God and His Word, there would be no need to change either of them. We act in disobedience with these actions. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: where unto also they were appointed (I Pet. 2:8).
God's Word is meant to be followed to the letter. Half obedience is disobedience. God's Word is given to us as our operation manual for life. We follow the manual, the Bible, and we live our lives in the right way. If we don't follow the manual, before long we find our lives broken from our misuse. If this happens, we must go to the Creator of all life to have ourselves repaired. Hopefully, we will then follow His Instructions.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (John 5:24).
Thought for Today:
If you are successful, remember that it is God who gives the ability. (Deut. 8:17-18)
As the One who descended from and ascended to heaven (Prov. 30:4). Jesus came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is (now) in heaven (John 3:13).
27:16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, Restraining a contentious woman is like attempting to hold the wind; 28:11 searcheth him out, sees through him; 28:14 that feareth alway, who is always reverent; 28:17 stay, help; 29:10 seek his soul, has concern for his well-being; 30:23 odious, hateful.
Another great post from Pathways. I have heard the BIBLE is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. This post backs that up. The Bible is the most read book, has more printed copies, is in every language on earth and if read can change your life. Pray all are having a blessed day and will be reading this one and only good book. Love and God Bless to all Maggie
DID YOU KNOW?
God told Abraham that he was to go to a certain mountain and sacrifice his son … his only son … the son he loved … Isaac. He was directed to go to the top of the mountain and offer Isaac as a burnt offering to God. In order to do that, Abraham would have to kill this one and only son. Yet Abraham’s faith was so great that he was ready to do whatever God asked of him.
But Abraham sacrificed a lamb instead of his son Isaac. He had told his son that, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering
Genesis 22:6-8 (KJV)
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Then, with Isaac strapped to an altar for sacrifice, God did just that! Just when Abraham was ready to do the unthinkable … to kill his only son whom he loved … God intervened.
Genesis 22:9-10 (KJV)
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
Genesis 22:13 (HCSB)
13 Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.
Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. The lamb’s head was wrapped in thorns.
Just as God provided a Lamb to die in our place, He provided one in the place of Isaac… with thorns on its head. Just as the Lamb of God went to the cross with thorns on His head, so did the ram that God provided to Abraham.
The Lamb that God provided for you was named Jesus of Nazareth. You need no other sacrifice. God has provided your Lamb..
PRAYER has all to do with the
success of the preaching of the
Word. This, Paul clearly teaches
in that familiar and pressing
request he made to the
"Finally, brethren, pray for us
that the Word of the Lord may
have free course, and be glorified."
The Necessity of Prayer by E. M. Bounds
Tomorrow: XIII: Prayer and the Word of God, Part 3
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